Euro Auctions host ‘off site’ sale for GA Smith Plant Hire


Euro Auctions host another successful specialist one-day ‘off site’ sale for GA Smith Plant Hire on the eve of Europe’s biggest construction equipment and agricultural machinery sale

Euro Auctions hosted a one-day ‘off site’ sale for GA Smith Plant Hire on 8th March at the clients Nelson Park West site in Cramlington, the day before Europe’s biggest four-day sale of used and new plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery.

Euro Auctions showcased their exceptional ability to host ‘off site’ sales with the recent auction conducted for GA Smith Plant Hire which was held at the clients Cramlington yard just north of Newcastle. Euro Auctions has gained an envious reputation for organising and hosting such one-off sales at the client’s own facility in a variety of market sectors, including plant hire, demolition, construction, aggregates, recycling, and agriculture. But what made this sale so special was the fact that it was held on the eve of Europe’s biggest used plant and machinery auction, which is held at the Euro Auctions flag-ship site in Leeds and repeatedly puts in excess of 5,500 lots over the ramp during a four-day sale.

GA Smith made the decision to withdraw from the plant hire arena, selling their inventory to focus their attentions on the bulk handling, bulk haulage, and the earthworks elements of their business. As a result, 250+ pieces of good well-maintained machinery, including excavators, dozers, articulated dump trucks, crushers, tractors, and other assorted ex-rental machinery came onto the market and were disposed of in a one-day, unreserved sale.

With a hammer total for the sale of just under £7m, the average price per lot was close to £26,000 showing the general size and value of many items in the sale. With a good compliment of big-ticket items, including: 20t,10t and 6t excavators, Dozers, Articulated Dump Trucks, and Backhoes, there was much interest from an international audience.

Predictably the most successful buying nations were the UK and the Republic of Ireland, however successful bids were received from Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Turkey, such is the global reach that Euro Auctions has. Marketing to an international audience is part of the set-up for all sales, so whilst GA Smith may be in Northumberland, international buyers are made aware by Euro Auctions of the type of equipment on offer at a sale of this nature.

David Betts of Euro Auctions explains the significance of this sale. “This was a very significant sale on two counts. Firstly, holding an ‘off-site’ sale of this size so close to the big sale Euro Auctions hosts in Leeds showcases our capability to manage multiple auctions. Off-Site sales require a dedicated team to set up exactly the same infrastructure we have in the permanent sites in Leeds, including: bid catchers, registration teams, auctioneers, finance teams to take payments, yard teams to set up the sale, complete Wi-Fi across the site, as well as onsite welfare, screens for online bidding, and the list goes on. Hosting a £7m sale the day before a £40m sale does require good organizational skills. The second point is that for this very localised sale in the Northeast, Euro Auctions was able to tap into our database and market to an international audience. In truth, we are able to be very granular and market to specific buyers, who for example may have bought 20t excavators before, or big articulated dump trucks, etc., matching buyers with specific items, making for more competitive bidding, and gaining best price for the seller.”

Notable lots, with specification and price, include:
Excavators 20t
2021 Komatsu PC210LC-11 700mm Pads £100,000
2019 Hitachi ZX210LC-6 700mm Pads £82,500
2016 Hitachi ZX490LCH-6 600mm Pads £137,500
2016 Hitachi ZX470LCH-5B 750mm Pads £92,500
2014 Hitachi ZX470LCH-5B 900mm Pads £92,500

2016 CAT D6T LGP Straight Blade & Tilt, Multi Shank Ripper £126,000
2012 Komatsu D155AX-6 Straight Blade & Tilt, Ripper £120,000
2017 Liebherr PR736 LGP Straight Blade & Tilt, Reverse Camera £98,000
2017 CAT D6N LGP 6 Way Pat Blade, Reverse Camera £160,000

Articulated Dump Trucks
2015 Bell B40D 6×6 A, Tail Gate, Reverse Camera, A/C £107,000
2015 Volvo A30G 6×6 Articulated Dump truck, Reverse Camera, A/C 127,500
2014 Volvo A30G 6×6 Articulated Dump truck, Reverse Camera, A/C 123,000
2018 Bell B30E 6×6 Articulated Dump truck, Tail Gate, Reverse Camera, A/C 130,000

Tesab 700i Tracked Jaw Crusher, Side Discharge Belt, Mag Belt £180,000

2017 Bomag BW213DH-5 Single Drum Vibrating Roller £49,500
2016 Hamm H13i Single Drum Vibrating Padfoot Roller £45,000
2013 Hamm 3412HT Single Drum Vibrating Roller £38,000

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